One of my most cherished memories of being a kid is playing Pokémon Snap on my Nintendo 64 and whittling down my images to the best ones. It got to be a weekly thing for me and I’d bring my best photos to my local Blockbuster on the weekends and then print them out.
Nintendo is partnering with Fujifilm to offer an Instax Mini Link Special Edition. What’s it do, you ask? It prints photos just like the ones you used to get the Blockbuster Pokémon Snap kiosk. But instead of having to travel to a now-defunct video chain, you can print them all from the comfort of your own home. Fujifilm says you can print photos from the New Pokémon Snap, Animal Crossing: New Horizons, and Super Mario Odyssey right from their Mini Link Special Edition using an app from your phone!
The unit comes in an Ash White and features red accents on the top, and blue accents on the power button to pay homage to the colours of the Nintendo Switch. It’s a beautiful little device that pairs well with my standard Instax camera I own but the reality is this device is likely going to make me print a ton of pictures of all my Pokémon subjects when New Pokémon Snap launches in a week. It will be available as a single printer and as a special limited edition bundle with a customized silicone case designed with Pikachu.
Fujifilm says the Mini Link Special Editon is compatible with all Instax Mini Film and you can customize your Link app layout to choose between Pokémon Snap, Animal Crossing and Super Mario designs. You can direct print in-game action screenshots, and the unit connects wirelessly from your Switch to the app. There are even motion controls allowed allowing you to zoom in and out by tilting the printer.
If you want the Mini Link Special Edition, it will be available at retail in mid-May 2021 and costs $129.99 CDN. The bundle will be available in late May 2021 and will cost $179.99 CDN.